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Old 06-09-2008, 05:17 PM   #15
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sergi, i just finished reading almost all of your 35+ page thread, really amazing work. I am going all clean & modern too, really great work!
that unit you use looks huge! is it just the pictures or is that the case? remember that this is going on a ,18ft Caravel and weight is one of my highest concerns. The link in your thread for the a/c unit is broken, do you have a current one?

Fred, ringing in your ears, i hope that is a good thing?

John, yeah the VAP story on what Colin did is what gave me the idea in the first place.

Im wondering if just sitting a house ac unit in the rear compartment might give it enough airflow when open?

what are the big differences between a rv unit and a home unit?
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Been there done that

Had an idea like yours and installed a little one a few years ago. Andy was right. It's a little too small and the cold air blows on the floor. It works but not ideal. Here's a link to a discussion we had.

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Old 06-09-2008, 05:59 PM   #17
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:52 PM   #18
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Bob, is there any chances for you to pipe the cold air up? i am thinking that this is a crucial part of this project. your experiences seem to confirm this.

Also is the unit inside or outside? is it is a normal window unit and is mostly inside, how is it getting enough circulation?
It's a "normal" window unit, mounted on the trailer tongue under the propane tank the front of the A/C unit is inside the trailer, under the open faced kitchen cabinets. A small fan (non-A/S supplied) helps move the cool air around (a little), but it still isn't ideal.

The A/C in in an aluminum enclosure under the horizontal 20lbs propane tank. When we were at J/C last August getting some (unrelated) work done on the trailer, they spent a LOT of time applying new sealant to the propane compartment. My guess is that they realized that if there was a leak in the LP system, that gas could find it's way to the A/C unit. One spark and KA-BOOM!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:35 PM   #19
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<snip>Im wondering if just sitting a house ac unit in the rear compartment might give it enough airflow when open?
You might get enough airflow, but...

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what are the big differences between a rv unit and a home unit?
RV units are designed to take life on the road - i.e. vibration and being bounced around. If you don't like the height of the stock A/C unit, look at the Duo-Therm Penguin low profile unit.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:44 PM   #20
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putting something on my roof, whatever the heigh is not current on my short list, i know about the penguin, it still musses up the lines imho

yeah i figured about the ability to take vibration thing was the biggie, is there any other difference?
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:53 PM   #22
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Sergei,
I've been researching ductless mini-split AC systems for my '65 Overlander. What brand split system did you use? What size (BTU) system did you use for your trailer? Was installation difficult?

PS. Nice job on you trailer!

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I've been researching ductless mini-split AC systems for my '65 Overlander. What brand split system did you use? What size (BTU) system did you use for your trailer? Was installation difficult?

PS. Nice job on you trailer!

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I'm not Sergai, but he used an LG Art Cool. I don't know if he used the 9000 or the 12000 BTU unit.

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How close is your compressor to the front of the trailer? Do you get enough airflow?

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Saaaay... Their sleeper cab system looks like a real good option!
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i am having a really hard time finding even rough price ranges for these sleep cab options, anyone have links to that info?
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We and many of our friends have stationary house style A/C units bought from the worlds largest department store for next to nothing in relative terms. They get hauled all over the place on the floor of the trailers, then are attached in various ways (rear or front window, in a ceiling or floor cabinet - some permanent, others temporary - and some on a counter or the front part of the dinette by the window). There's about 8 of us, I can't remember who all for sure, and we've never had a failure. For air movement a fan, either 12v or 120v has sufficed just fine. I'm just now in the throws of repositioning mine to another location for better venting, but still on the floor.

No, they don't work quite as well as purpose built units, but yes, they do handle the travel, they cost one heck of a lot less, and they keep the trailers cool enough that a 90+ degree day in the sun doesn't overcome them and are easily too cold if left on high. Eventually some may move to a remote system but for me every time I look at them and the cost and then at how well what I have now works I come to the conclusion that I just can't justify the additional cost. Maybe if I lived in it a lot more each year or lived in an area where the temps were consistently in the 100 degree range, but that's not going to happen for me so this works great.

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